Vaccination of children with serious diseases: the story of a little Nikita opens the Ukrainians eyes

Вакцинация детей с тяжелыми болезнями: история маленького Никиты откроет украинцам глаза

It turned out, who needed an additional vaccination.

In Ukraine a medical exemption from vaccination can be obtained from any lightweight diseases. But what about children living with severe chronic diseases? This writes the Ukrainian truth.

Timothy and Catherine Badikova on courses on preparation for childbirth learned that their son should be born with a heart defect.

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“We believed that it was a mistake. But gave birth to cardiomegaly. Unfortunately, all was confirmed, and in the first 6 months after birth, Nikita has had three operations. Doctors were forbidden to be vaccinated until the first year of life. Said that he is weak and has weak immune system”, – said the woman.

It turned out that the child had a high risk of Contracting hepatitis b, as it suffered a lot of blood transfusions. Family nobody warned.

“Once we came for planned examination with a cardiologist and we were asked if we vaccinate. When the doctor heard no, he said, “You what? You need to be vaccinated with all possible vaccines.” Began to dig the topic deeper and understand that children with heart disease vulnerable to infection and need vaccination. The first reaction is guilt. Why didn’t we think of this sooner? If the child has no heart defects have a chance to survive pertussis, the child with a lack of it is not,” said Badikov.

Now little Nikita vaccinated not only planned, but also additional vaccines. Abroad it vaccinated against meningococcal disease, chickenpox, and yearly the whole family vaccinated against influenza.

This experience inspired the family to create their own public organization “Parents for vaccines”.

Cardiologist Ilona Beglaryan explains, that some diseases are controlled by vaccination, can disrupt the heart, cause inflammation of its layers, pericarditis, myocarditis, endocarditis.

This often happens in the influenza virus and pneumonia. If a person already has heart disease, the infection spreads faster and the risk of death increases. Therefore, additional vaccination against influenza and pneumococcal disease is very important for people.

Вакцинация детей с тяжелыми болезнями: история маленького Никиты откроет украинцам глаза